The “Song of Ruth” is a simple song with simple lines and simple melody. Yet, if you’ll listen to it closely, you’ll realize the solemnity of its promise. And so it has become a popular love song performed during weddings. Continue reading
Who was she? Lyca was one of eight children of a poor couple. Her father was a small-time fisherman while her mother was a junk collector of recyclable plastics and bottles. She and her family lived in a shack near the seashore of Tanza, Cavite. Continue reading
And so one Friday, June 27, I gave in to Eva’s insistent and persistent invitation that I go to Ermita Church and join the Divine Mercy prayers at three o’clock in the afternoon.
After the prayers, Eva introduced me to Ma’am Flora Go, the president of the Divine Mercy Apostolate and the healing instrument of Jesus Divine Mercy at Ermita Shrine. A retired linguistics professor from UST, she serves on the board of the La Sallian Catechetical Center of DLSU-Manila and the HELP Foundation of Fr. William Hayes, SJ. Continue reading
It started in 2005 with a tiny lump on her back — the size of a grain of corn. By 2010, the tiny lump had grown as big as a medium-sized mango fruit. Cita, the eldest child in the family, had been busy and mostly absent from her hometown. Her appointment as NEDA Regional Director of the Caraga Region in Mindanao had kept her away. When Cita realized that Rio needed urgent medical attention, she took the driver’s seat and never abandoned Rio no matter how turbulent the journey had been. Continue reading
Beach bumming is for the young and lovely, not for the old and wobbly! Needle sessions are for the rich and carefree, not for ordinary folk! Well, old and wobbly me spent May and June bumming on the beach, not in a bikini, ha-ha-ha!, but in a borrowed pair of shorts. And I took part in needle sessions after loafing around the beach. Continue reading
They walked up the stage with the confidence of Meryl Streep. They emceed with the effortless poise of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. They acted like Cyrano de Bergerac, Shylock, and Hamlet. They spoke with the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln and Rick Warren. Continue reading
Inspired by an old class picture posted on Facebook by a high school classmate, I wrote the poem, “Looking Old, Feeling Good” for the March 16 issue of FilAmMegascene. That classmate, Dr. Apollo M. Arenas, was inspired to write the reply below. Continue reading
Hey, look at her:
With her knees
We never noticed
Her pretty legs
We were too scared
Of her physics fiefdom.
Today she isn’t tame
Kind of naughty
And daring, too! Continue reading
Such a tongue-twister.
“He’s a Russian poet.”
Restituto Continue reading
“Why are you crying?”
My eyes are very sad.
The little boy I loved
“What did he die of?” Continue reading